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McMaster-Carr Warehouse Interview Questions

Updated Dec 12, 2014
Updated Dec 12, 2014
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    Warehouse Distribution Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at McMaster-Carr in December 2014.

    Interview Details

    They found me on monster.com and gave me call. First question was what type of job I was looking for. My answer was a desk job and recruiter said that this position is very much an active job. He said about 12-15 miles walking per day, up to 35 lb of lifting, packing and unpacking, order fulfillment, etc., moving from place to place a lot, quick action and decisions, and other warehouse duties. So a lot of exercise and getting products packed and ready to ship. After that I said that I am not interested and he thanked me for my time.

    Interview Questions
    Reasons for Declining

    Not for me.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Easy Interview
  2.  

    Warehouse Distribution Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at McMaster-Carr in October 2014.

    Interview Details

    Sent resume...called later that day for phone interview asked common questions on interviews especially mostly about recent employer. After phone interview i was told about salary and told that they felt like it was a good mutual fit that my resume would be passed on to upper management. I was then sent an email for paper work to fill out. They never called back....

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Warehouse Distribution Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Fe Springs, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Fe Springs, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter – interviewed at McMaster-Carr in July 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was contacted by Trisha Harmon In recruiting and given a phone interview that lasted about 15 minutes. During the phone interview I was asked the standard "Tell me about a time you went above and beyond got a customer", "The tell me how you motivated your teams", and "Tell me about a time you had to solve a difficult problem", then finally 'Do you have any questions for me?'. After the phone interview I was set up for an in person interview for the next morning. I was told the interview would take 3 hours to complete, but by the end that they know if they would want to extend an offer.

    After 3 and a half hours at this place I met with 3 different people and was interviewed and took a tour of the grounds and shadowed a few employees. The interview questions were more of less the same with all 3 managers, but I provided different examples anyway. During the 'for you have any questions for me' phase I had a list of quotes from Glassdoor, in regards to my concerns around employee morale and employee satisfaction possibly being very low, I addressed employees complaints about the lack of upward mobility (promotions), and employees feeling expendable and generally dissatisfied resulting in a rather high turnover rate.

    I was told by each of the 3 Managers a variation of the following, as if it were a script: "McMaster Carr has been in business for over 100 years using the same successful business model. Because of this success the company is unlikely to change its business model for a few upset employees. We look for experienced managers and supervisors to fill our line level openings to ensure our customers are getting top quality service, while our managers and supervisors are recruited right out of University and more often than not from Ivy League Schools. What we look for are experienced managers and supervisors who will fill our openings and not be concerned with promotion, but rather focus on their job."

    It was at this point I started looking around and noticing something odd. All of the managers who interviewed me are white. The Supervisors and Managers I met while I toured the grounds, also white. In fact, I didn't note a single member of their leadership team who was anything but white. After leaving the interview a bit unsettled I was asked to come back for a 2nd interview, which I was told to start with there would be a 2nd interview. Out of sheer morbid curiosity I went in and had a 15 minute interview with another manager, again white.

    My opinion: After spending nearly 4 hours with these people in an interview and tour setting there's no way I would agree to work for them. There is a confirmed lack of upward mobility (promotions), they note and recognize employee morale is a problem and that turnover is rather high because of the poor employee experience, yet willfully refuse to fix the issue based on "over 100 years of successful business". News flash, in my 10 years of management experience I can tell you for a fact, turnover costs companies a lot money. It's cheaper to make sure you keep the ones you have than to hunt down new ones every month because you are not concerned with employee morale, experience or well being.

    Interview Questions
    • Tell me about a time you had to solve a difficult problem for a customer?   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    I'm not sure if an offer was on its way or not but after my 2nd interview I sent an email letting them know I was uninterested in employment with their company. Which by from what I've seen prides themselves for being racists, elitists and masters of exclusion. Thanks, but no thanks McMaster-Carr Santa Fe Springs, Ca.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Warehouse Distribution Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a weekinterviewed at McMaster-Carr.

    Interview Details

    Met recruiter at job fair, said the position involved lots of critical thinking, problem solving, and continuous stream of new projects. Submitted my resume to him. A different recruiter set up a phone call, where I was told the position was basically order fulfillment. Putting stuff in boxes...over and over again. He said, "It sounds like this isn't really what you are looking for." I agreed and that was that.

    Interview Questions
    • What do you think we do?   Answer Question
    • What about your past experience makes you think you would be a good fit for this position?   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Warehouse Distribution Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Norwalk, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Norwalk, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 3 daysinterviewed at McMaster-Carr in March 2014.

    Interview Details

    I was called immediately after i submitted my resume via careerbuilder. the whole process took two steps: 1) an initial phone interview with a recruiter ... then 2) a face to face interview. my face to face interview happened a few days after my phone interview. the company is a really up-to-date and savvy warehouse - i was impressed. so when you get there you fill out their paper job application and then they give you a tour of the warehouse. after the tour the interview begins. i was interviewed by two recruiters separately. they asked the standard "interview" questions - strengths, weaknesses, etc. - pretty standard. i received a letter in the mail thanking me for my time but no job. hope this helps!

    Interview Questions
    • i was asked what i would change in their operation if i was given the opportunity.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Warehouse Distribution Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at McMaster-Carr.

    Interview Details

    I was first contacted when a recruiter found my resume on monster.com. A phone interview was scheduled and our talk was about 15 minutes long. The interviewer basically asked me about everything on my resume; from my different jobs to my degrees.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
  8.  

    Warehouse Distribution Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Email, Phone Interview, On-site Interview

    Interview Questions
    • Give me a situation where you disagreed with a supervisor?   Answer Question
    No Offer
  9.  

    Warehouse Distribution Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Atlanta, GA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at McMaster-Carr in October 2013.

    Interview Details

    I was initially contacted by phone and left a voicemail about an opportunity with the company. Once I called back, I spoke with a representative who informed me that I was found through an online search. I was asked if I was interested and I obliged. More information was sent to me through email.

    I agreed to have a phone interview within the next couple of days. I took that time to familiarize myself with the company. The phone interview was somewhat dull. I could tell that the interviewer was flatly reading from guideline questions. They mainly focused on what my current job consisted of and my future plans. I was thrown for a loop with situational questions asking how I dealt with my employees when conflicts arose. Many of the questions circled around this.

    I was asked in for an in-person interview the next week. The office was located in an industrial area with not much else for miles around. There were others also waiting on an interview but for what positions I do not know. When my time came after filling out paperwork, I was ushered by the same interviewer I had spoke with on the phone and accompanied by another tenured employee. I could not tell whether he was shadowing or merely interested. I was given a tour of the office. In the front were cubicles filled with many people. Most seemed busy and were very quiet.

    I was placed in a room and was asked the same questions I answered on the phone. From there we went to the back part of the building where the heavy work was done. Here the unloading, stocking and packing and shipping was done. I have to say, it was impressive in its setup, yet was not what I expected. The jobs I saw employees completing boiled down to taking products out of boxes, putting things on shelfs and putting them in boxes. It felt a very wash rinse and repeat operation. All the while, the interviewer tried to impress me with facts about how fast everything was repeated.

    Afterwards, I was asked to complete a series of tests, essentially finding products on shelves and marking their location. Once this was completed, I was taken back to the interview room and asked if I had any remarks or other questions. I was told I would be contacted within the week.

    I received a letter in the mail informing that they were looking in another direction for employment.

    In conclusion, my background skills had me feeling over-qualified to put things in and out of boxes. I felt I was more suited for one of the management training positions I had seen posted online. When I asked about growth within the company, I was not given an answer. Further, when I asked about applying for other positions, I was told that this was the only one I would be given. Apparently the pay is good but pay alone was not enough for me to want to put my heart into wanting to work here.

    Interview Questions
    • I was asked often about my managerial experience and how I dealt with problems. In addition, I was asked relentlessly about my plans with my start-up business.   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
  10.  

    Warehouse Distribution Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at McMaster-Carr in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    I applied about 2-3weeks ago I can't remember. A recruiter contacted me through email, I told them I thought the job would be too far and they asked how much I would like to make to compensate the gas. I thought that was odd but I went with it. I was contacted by another recruiter for a phone interview, I guess I must of passed it if they offered me a 1:1 at their site. I met with 3 supervisors/managers all very detail oriented and friendly. I prepared for the interview which I suggest you do. Research their company and know a little of they do before showing up. Just be yourself and dont leave any question unanswered. Positive attitude and willingness to want to work. They offer awesome pay and benefits package, they ask a lot from you but they pay you great. That same position elsewhere you'd be getting paid minimum wage. I liked the overall environment, I had my interview today and it was Great. Regardless if I get or dont get an offer of employment it was a pleasant learning experience.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
  11.  

    Warehouse Specialist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4 daysinterviewed at McMaster-Carr in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    I felt like I was led on. Some recruiter randomly called me from a company I've never heard about, which should have been a big RED FLAG ALERT! ...or at least a sign for concern. The recruiter then gave me a 15min phone interview and scheduled me for an in person interview. I was never told what position they had in mind for me or any kind of description about the position RED FLAG #2!! The recruiter also mentioned if I was OK with NOT ADVANCING OR PURSUING A MANAGEMENT CAREER because basically there is no room for advancing...RED FLAG #3!! However, the recruiter did assure me that they offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits compared to my previous employers. So I agreed and continued with the process despite having my doubts (the 3 red flags I Ignored).

    After they lured me into their trap with that phone interview, I did some research on McMaster-Carr and read all those very negative, similar, and repetitive reviews and I STILL DECIDED TO GO TO THAT INTERVIEW!!!

    The interview was normal, I interviewed with the hiring manager and possible future boss and he liked everything I had to say and I liked everything he had to say.... And then ONCE AGAIN!, the manager mentioned the whole thing about NOT ADVANCING OR MOVING UP...RED FLAG #4!!!! So I kept hitting road blocks with that and I just to shake them off and lie to them and tell them that I was aware of it and I was willing to put it on hold for an opportunity with McMaster-Carr. Yeah right, who in their right mind with a college degree doesn't want to advance!? However, the hiring manager loved my 14 year experience and kept telling me I was a great fit and with my experience he could fit me into many of his departments and that he was ready to have me work for him. So it seemed I had it nailed and he just needed to make his offer and we were done. Then he asked me if I had time to stick around and talk to someone else who was going to ask me the same repetitive questions that i was being asked since the phone interview.

    Next, I interviewed with whom I believe to be the HR manager and of course she started asking me the same questions that the hiring manager asked me which were the same questions the recruiter asked me. By this time I was like... just make your offer, give me the job, and stop stalling. And then...of course!!! she pops the same question about NOT ADVANCING OR PURSUING A MANAGEMENT CAREER!!! By this time I was like forget the red flags I should have never come here and after that all I heard was blah blah blah. When the HR manager asked that question again I knew where this interview was going and what were their intentions since the moment the recruiter contacted me. SO WHY CALL ME?? WHY INTERVIEW ME???? The entire process was a waste of time since they knew what they were going to do with me before they started the process. I was used to fill their senseless job pool of candidates. Most likely I was used to help their managers gain experience in the hiring process. THAT'S JUST WRONG!

    A week later I received their rejection letter in the mail. The letter finally stated the name of the position they had in mind for me since they never mentioned it. They also thanked me for my interest in McMaster-Carr... wait a minute....they called me at my house, my cell, talked to my sister and sent me an e-mail.....THE INTEREST WAS THEIRS!!! All I did was follow up on a job offer.

    I don't pretend to be an expert on hiring candidates or a management expert, but; I feel like their hiring process and tactics were misleading.

    Interview Questions
    • Which of your previous jobs did you enjoy the least?   View Answer
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview

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